istock_000009882775xsmall1Dr. Bored, my gynecologist for more than a decade, was a drug pusher and his drug of choice was Premarin.

-Take this and you will feel great.

-But I feel great. A little insomnia perhaps, but don’t you need less sleep as you age?

-Premarin will take care of it.

-A little creaky sometimes.

-Premarin will take care of your joints.

-What about my memory, like to have that back.

-No, but it will help with everything else. My wife will be on hormone therapy till she is 80.

My doctor did not share the information here below. Luckily with the internet it is now available for anyone to read on Premarin’s own website, a little warning bell ringing in their “wellness plan”:

“Using estrogens, with or without progestins, may increase your chance of getting heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer, and blood clots. Using estrogens, with or without progestins, may increase your chance of getting dementia, based on a study¬† of women age 65 years or older. You and your health care provider should talk regularly about whether you still need treatment with estrogens.”

I am not a believer in buying and swallowing pills that are supposed to help you with something you don’t need. So I ignored Dr. Bored’s emphatic recommendations. I tossed his prescriptions and samples, and still got cancer. But what if you are unsure about taking a medication? What if you need real advice about hormone replacement therapy. What if you, too, have a doctor who has been drinking the pharmaceutical company’s Kool Aid? Then what is there to “discuss” with your “health care provider” ?

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